Conceived just four months ago to solve a very pandemic-specific problem, Aussie startup COVID Comply has clocked up more than $50,000 in revenues already. But, according to founder Ben Richardson, this contact tracing tech is no one-trick pony.



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COVID Comply

At its core, COVID Comply is a contact tracing tool allowing small businesses and other entities to quickly and safely collect the details of people coming into their venues, through a QR code scanner.

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Once a business signs up and adds its location, the platform automatically applies all the regulations required for their state — both in terms of what details need to be collected, and in terms of data privacy rules.

That also means it automatically deletes information as soon as required.

Then, the user can further configure the service in line with their own business’ needs.

“Over time, it’s evolved into

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One of the most telling definitions of entrepreneurship, courtesy of Howard Stevenson, a professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, is also one of the simplest: the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources controlled.

And let’s face it: In 2020, no one has been controlling anything. Whether it’s a pandemic, government-mandated business shutdowns, or unheard-of forest fires, the uncontrollable has erupted at a global level and filtered down to the trivial details of daily life.

But, as Stevenson tells us, if anyone has experience with the uncontrollable, it’s entrepreneurs. In spite of the challenges, entrepreneurs continue to do what they do best: improvise, adapt, and make something from nothing.

The women on Inc.‘s annual Female Founders 100 list show how to do just that. As our staff reports on startups and small businesses throughout the year, these are the women whose names keep reappearing. They are the most inspiring, the

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Karla Burton’s story begins in 1998 when she was 8 years old. That’s when her parents brought her and her younger sister to Los Angeles from Honduras. 

Raised in L.A., as a teenager she dreamed about life post-high school, but envisioned her destiny as an “undocumented” immigrant woman helping her mom clean houses. “I felt kind of scared because I didn’t know where my future was going,” Burton tells Yahoo Life. 

That uncertainty coupled with a loss of identity made it difficult for Bruton to feel she belonged. “I have maybe, like, an identity issue,” she explains. “I grew up here. I wasn’t sure if I could identify as a person from Honduras … or an American.”

For many young immigrants, identity can be a struggle. They’re born in one country, are raised in the U.S., but don’t have ties to their country of birth. Home is America. 



a car parked in a parking lot: Karla Burton launched her coffee cart business in 2019 in L.A. (Photo courtesy of Karla Burton)


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  • Leonard Schleifer and George Yancopoulos, the billionaire doctors behind Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, are worth nearly $4 billion combined.
  • President Trump took a high dose of the experimental ‘antibody cocktail’ that Regeneron is developing to treat his case of COVID-19.
  • Even before he took the drug, the president was friendly with Schleifer.
  • Yancopoulos told The New York Times that the president’s request to take the antibody cocktail left him ‘conflicted.’
  • Schleifer handles the business end of Regeneron’s operations, while Yancopoulos heads up the medical research needed to develop the company’s products.
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The antibody cocktail that President Trump took to fight his case of COVID-19 was the brainchild of a pair of billionaire doctors.

Leonard Schleifer and George Yancopoulos, the leaders of the pharmaceutical giant Regeneron, built a multibillion-dollar company with a reputation for producing drugs at a breakneck pace and built fortunes that rival the

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When celebrities arrive on a red carpet or at a special event, they seem so naturally put together with bold hair looks that make a statement, often inspiring an attempt at imitation by the public during their next salon appointment. However, a trendsetting hair moment captured by countless photographers and shared almost instantaneously around the world has become a major business in its own right. And for Chris Appleton, award-winning celebrity hairstylist, business is booming.

Appleton, 37, discovered his passion for hairstyling when he was around nine years old in his hometown of Leicester, England, using his mom as his first hair subject and quickly realizing the power of hairstyling going far beyond just the physical look. “I used to do her hair and I wanted to make her look like a Hollywood star,” Appleton recalls about his mom. “I

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For months, businesses across North America owned up to their equity faults in contrite statements.

After George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, was killed by a police officer, corporations one after another released statements throughout the summer, condemning racism and police violence against Black people and committing to look inward at their own diversity and inclusion issues.

Some, like Deloitte and RBC pledged to create more pathways for racialized leaders and committed to community initiatives and to organize advisory groups to bring about equitable change internally.

But students enrolled in undergraduate business programs in Ontario say issues start well before they join the workforce. They say in order for things to change, a good place to start would be university business schools.

Over the summer, business school students across the country took a cue from Black students at Harvard Law, and anonymously shared on Instagram harrowing stories of the

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The GST Council meeting on Monday may turn into a stormy affair, with non-BJP ruled States still being in disagreement with the Centre on the compensation issue.

While as many as 21 States , mostly ruled by BJP or parties which have supported it on issues, had till mid-September opted to borrow ₹97,000 crore to meet the GST revenue shortfall in the current fiscal, opposition-led states like West Bengal, Punjab and Kerala have not yet accepted the borrowing option given by the Centre.

Sources said in the 42nd meeting of the Council, which will be held on October 5, opposition-ruled States would object to the Centre’s borrowing options and demand alternative mechanism for funding GST compensation deficit. They feel that the constitutional liability of compensating States lies with the Union government.

In the current fiscal, the States are staring at a staggering ₹2.35 lakh crore Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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(Bloomberg) — Italy’s Nexi SpA and SIA SpA are set to announce their merger after their boards meet Sunday to approve a deal to create one of Europe’s biggest payment providers, people familiar with the matter said.



a sign on the side of a train station: A pedestrian passes the Nexi SpA headquarters in Milan, Italy, on Monday, April 15, 2019. The initial public offering of payment-service company Nexi raised 2.01 billion euros ($2.3 billion), making it the biggest listing in Europe so far this year and the third major IPO of a payment-processing institution in the region in less than a year.


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A pedestrian passes the Nexi SpA headquarters in Milan, Italy, on Monday, April 15, 2019. The initial public offering of payment-service company Nexi raised 2.01 billion euros ($2.3 billion), making it the biggest listing in Europe so far this year and the third major IPO of a payment-processing institution in the region in less than a year.

As part of the agreement, Nexi would approve a reserved capital increase for SIA shareholders, with no cash component, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Nexi would hold about 70% of the merged company and SIA 30%, they said. Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, SIA’s main

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Ahead of crucial GST Council meeting on Monday, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi has pressed for initiation of special window for borrowing to meet compensation shortfall. At the same time, State such as Punjab wants Dispute Resolution Mechanism to be set up as early as possible.

“The process of borrowing too is expected to take some time since arrangements will have to be made to create the special window through which State can borrow with convenience. I would, urge you to make necessary arrangements for initiating the process for arranging the special window so that willing State can go ahead and borrow,” Modi wrote in a letter to the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Also read: CAG raps Centre over non-utilisation of cesses, levies for specified purposes

In August, during 41st meeting of GST Council, it was decided to give two borrowing options. First one

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Democrats pulled back plans to vote on their $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, which is opposed by House and Senate Republicans and has no chance of becoming law. Democratic leaders delayed that vote to allow more time for a bipartisan deal to emerge.

It remained uncertain whether a deal could be reached. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the sides were “very, very far apart,” leaving it unclear whether any agreement struck by Pelosi and Mnuchin could pass muster with Senate Republicans.

But after weeks in which talks had stalled completely, Wednesday’s developments offered a glimmer of hope that Congress and the administration might come together after all to agree on new economic relief ahead of the election.

Mnuchin told reporters before leaving the Capitol: “We made a lot of progress over the last few days. We still don’t have an agreement, but we have more work to do. And

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